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post #11 of 28 Old 03-02-2013, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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thank you. she is a very sweet horse. what she has is cancer of the 3rd eyelid. thankfully it is a slow growing cancer and we believe we have caught it in time. they will put her under local anesthetic and carefully remove the inner eyelid. as far as drying out, the vet has told me no ill side effects. she will still be able to close her eyes. here is a link to the surgery and process of removing this kind of tumor:

if you have a weak stomach, be advised. it could be hard to watch.

and here are pictures of hers.
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post #12 of 28 Old 03-02-2013, 11:07 PM
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After I posted, I realized it was probably the third eyelid, not an outer, I am not running on full power today, obviously. :P
Thanks for finding the link for me too. :)
What type of recovery does it have? Will she have to stay out of the sun, or with a flymask for a bit?
I wish her a good surgery, and a healthy and happy recovery.
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post #13 of 28 Old 03-02-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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youre welcome! they told me recovery time is rather quick, 4-6 weeks. for the first 72 hours, stall confinement. and she will have to wear a special uv protected fly mask all year round. no exceptions. she will also have to have a vet visit every 6 months to make sure she is and remains cancer free and on the right track :) thankfully the surgery is not that pricey. $450 to remove them both. if they come back, unfortunately i will have a tough decision as i cannot afford radiation/chemo. my only other option would be to remove the eyeballs themselves. and then id have to think of quality of life.. but we will not go down that route! like i said, i think we caught it in time. :) lets keep our fingers crossed! she deserves some good luck. poor girl.
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post #14 of 28 Old 03-02-2013, 11:19 PM
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I will cross my fingers for you both!
That is a fairly cheap surgery!
My mare got a decent sized bone chip from a kick on the cannon bone from a mare we used to have... Initially I didn't think much of the small cut on the skin, but 6 weeks later when she went in for teeth float, I asked the vet to check it out. A bit over $1000 later, she appears to 100% back to normal!
Fingers, toes, and hooves crossed for you! :)
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post #15 of 28 Old 03-02-2013, 11:25 PM
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Her feet are already looking so much better. Is it not unusual, to have a cancer in both eyes or am I just not understanding this properly? Regardless, I hope the surgery goes well for her - and you. Don't know where you live, but I'd think here in S. California, the cost would be three times at least, that much.

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post #16 of 28 Old 03-02-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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thank you. we are trying. unfortunately because she went so long without proper hoof care, her feet will never be 100%. we are trying to trim them in a way where they will start to grow downwards again, instead of growing to the sides. it has had some effect. but we believe this is as good as it is going to get. though we are going to keep up with her constant and frequent farrier work, and only time will tell! she deserves that and much more. my farrier believes even with her feet in the condition they are currently in, it will not lead to further lameness as long as we stay consistent with it. he told me she should have no issues going over small x-rails and trail riding for hours on end. though i do not jump and would much prefer staying on the ground... lol

usually with these types of tumors, they only effect one eye. when we first noticed the "fatty deposit", her other eye was fine. it wasnt until 3 weeks ago when i noticed she was developing a growth on her opposite eye as well. that is when i put a call into the vet and told him to schedule me an appointment to remove them both. it has taken me some time to raise the funds to have the surgery as i have 2 other horses to care for. she is how they say "breaking the bank". but i am doing everything i can for the horse and i just hope shes as much of a fighter as i am!

i am in tennessee. :) the cost of removal per eyelid is $150 x2 and the anesthesia is $150!
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Lucky you. I also lived in Tennessee for a year, when on location. Loved it. We were in Kingsport.

Many breeds of dogs have third eyelid problems, which have to be removed. Not heard of any being cancerous, however. I do know it is not a terrible operation and most vets have seen it many times. I'm sure your handsome girl will come through with flying colours.

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post #18 of 28 Old 03-03-2013, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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here is a video of her under saddle, with my friend riding. how is her movement? she is one smooth ride, thats for sure.

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did you have a biopsy done to verify squamous cell carcinoma? Our perch x gelding had eye issues , thought it was cancer, ended up being habronema from flies.. a few gallons of eye ointment and fly mask and he is fine. The option with cancer was to remove the eye and in Calif , that cost me about 800 . make sure to have the biopsy ..
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post #20 of 28 Old 03-03-2013, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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yes, we were thinking it was just an infection. but i did have it biopsied. it was positive for squamous cell unfortunately. it has not spread to the actual eye/the corneal as of yet. which is why they are going to go ahead and remove the eyelid. hoping that gets rid of it all together.
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